In-Progress Showing of A Period of Animate Existence

14 - 15 Apr 2017
Arts Bank, The University of the Arts, 601 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia


Pig Iron Theatre Company, Zero Cost House, 2012. Photo by Jason Frank Rothenberg.

Pig Iron Theatre Company presents an in-progress showing of its symphonic theater work A Period of Animate Existence, ahead of its September 2017 premiere. A conversation between composer Troy Herion and set designer Mimi Lien, co-creators of the work, will follow the showing.

This event is free and open to the public, advanced registration is encouraged.

A Period of Animate Existence is a new symphonic theater hybrid that will offer a meditation on life and planetary cycles, set in a time of rapid ecological and technological changes. Transcending traditional narrative forms, the work will bring together actors, classical musicians, intergenerational choirs, and electronic music in five staged movements. Echoing the character and pacing of a 19th-century symphony, the story will weave together perspectives of children, elders, and machines with complex soundscapes.